1.10.2015

2015 Early Draft

Round 1
  1) Mike Pichan
Mike Trout
OF, LAA
  2) Ron Stockton
Giancarlo Stanton
OF, MIA
  3) Lloyd Souza
Andrew McCutchen
OF, PIT
  4) Olin Forman
Paul Goldschmidt
1B, ARZ
  5) Michael Huston
Miguel Cabrera
1B/3B, DET
  6) Ivar Anderson
Carlos Gomez
OF, MIL
  7) Chris Fisher
Troy Tulowitski
SS, COL
  8) Marc Taylor
Jose Abreu
1B, CHW
  9) Kevin Justmann
Clayton Kershaw
SP, LAD
10) Joel Henard
Robinson Cano
2B, SEA
11) Rob Evans
Jacoby Ellsbury
OF, NYY
12) Bob Sikon
Anthony Rizzo
1B, CHC
13) Scott Gilroy
Jose Bautista
1B/OF, TOR
14) Johnny Peppers
Josh Donaldson
3B, TOR
15) Rich Justmann
Edwin Encarnacion
1B, TOR
16) Eric Stashin
Adam Jones
OF, BAL
17) Steve Slukich
Anthony Rendon
2B/3B, WAS

Gentlemen, a great first round.  Lots of solid picks.  Miguel Cabrera goes at #5 to Michael Huston after years of #1 or #2.  Chris Fisher takes his Home Boy Troy and looks for 450+ AB’s.  Bob Sikon takes the first Chicago Cub selected in the first round in the annals of history.  Two special shout-outs:  Kevin Justmann for the only pitcher in the first round and Johnny Peppers for going all-in on Donaldson.  Good job, guys.

Round 2
  1) Steve Slukich
Yasiel Puig
OF, LAD
  2) Eric Stashin
Freddie Freeman
1B, ATL
  3) Rich Justmann
Felix Hernandez
SP, SEA
  4) Johnny Peppers
Billy Hamilton
OF, CIN
  5) Scott Gilroy
Jose Altuve
2B, HOU
  6) Bob Sikon
Madison Bumgarner
SP, SF
  7) Rob Evans
Chris Sale
SP, CHW
  8) Joel Henard
Ian Desmond
SS, WAS
  9) Kevin Justmann
Buster Posey
C/1B, SF
10) Marc Taylor
Michael Brantley
OF, CLE
11) Chris Fisher
Bryce Harper
OF, WAS
12) Ivar Anderson
Victor Martinez
1B, DET
13) Michael Huston
Johnny Cueto
SP, CIN
14) Olin Forman
Ryan Braun
OF, MIL
15) Lloyd Souza
David Price
SP, DET
16) Ron Stockton
Corey Kluber
SP, CLE
17) Mike Pichan
Stephen Strasburg
SP, WAS

What’s that I see?  Bob Sikon selecting a pitcher in the 2nd round?  It cannot be.  Bob hates pitchers with a massive passion.  Johnny Peppers & Scott Gilroy go after speed.  The experts say Altuve can repeat and Hamilton can’t get on base.  So it looks like Hamilton will have the better year.  The Big O mortgages his draft on Mr. Braun.  May the force be with him. 

This year’s second round was very different than last year.  In 2014 there were 3 pitchers taken in the second round.  This year – twice as many.  I love Chris Sale.  There I said it.  Good pick, Rob.  Marc Taylor says it would be great to see Brantley repeat.  Definitely one of last year’s surprises.  Joel Henard takes a solid SS as he fills his 2nd MI position.  Ron Stockton breaks with 4 years of early-round-pitcher-phobia and selects young Mr. Kluber.  Mr. Stashin takes rock solid Freddie Freeman.  Good numbers, good health.  Good combination.

Round 3
  1) Mike Pichan
Jose Reyes
SS, TOR
  2) Ron Stockton
Max Scherzer
SP, FA
  3) Lloyd Souza
Adrian Beltre
3B, TEX
  4) Olin Forman
Starling Marte
OF, PIT
  5) Michael Huston
Justin Upton
OF, SD
  6) Ivar Anderson
Hanley Ramirez
SS, BOS
  7) Chris Fisher
Carlos Gonzalez
OF, COL
  8) Marc Taylor
George Springer
OF, HOU
  9) Kevin Justmann
Evan Longoria
3B, TB
10) Joel Henard
Zack Greinke
SP, LAD
11) Rob Evans
Adrian Gonzalez
1B, LAD
12) Bob Sikon
Hunter Pence
OF, SF
13) Scott Gilroy
Prince Fielder
1B, TEX
14) Johnny Peppers
Ian Kinsler
2B, DET
15) Rich Justmann
Adam Wainwright
SP, STL
16) Eric Stashin
Todd Frazier
1B/3B, CIN
17) Steve Slukich
Albert Pujols
1B, LAA

Mr. Ivar Anderson steps to the forefront.  Has he not decreed that HanRam will be motivated this year?  So let it be.  For HanRam is a massive talent who occasionally displays great interest in the game of baseball.  Chris Fisher looks to take all 25 Rockies for his roster.  Scott Gilroy says neck schmeck, Prince is mine.  Mike Pichan looks for Jose Reyes to stay healthy this year.  Johnny Peppers makes a conventional pick.

Lloyd Souza continues his quiet domination landing Adrian I Can Hit Anywhere Except Seattle Beltre with the 37th pick and The Big O says it’s Marte Parte time.  Eric Stashin says Todd Frazier is for real and the 3B position is shallow.  Speaking of Carlos Gonzalez, I hereby decree him to be the ultimate tease.  With that, let us proceed to round the fourth.

Round 4
  1) Steve Slukich
Nolan Arenado
3B, COL
  2) Eric Stashin
Jason Kipnis
2B, CLE
  3) Rich Justmann
Corey Dickerson
OF, COL
  4) Johnny Peppers
Danny Santana
SS/OF, MIN
  5) Scott Gilroy
Kyle Seager
3B, SEA
  6) Bob Sikon
Cole Hamels
SP, PHI
  7) Rob Evans
Nelson Cruz
OF, SEA
  8) Joel Henard
Jay Bruce
OF, CIN
  9) Kevin Justmann
Yoenis Cespedes
OF, DET
10) Marc Taylor
Yu Darvish
SP, TEX
11) Chris Fisher
Matt Kemp
OF, SD
12) Ivar Anderson
Pablo Sandoval
3B, BOS
13) Michael Huston
Jon Lester
SP, CHC
14) Olin Forman
Dee Gordon
2B, MIA
15) Lloyd Souza
Kole Calhoun
OF, LAA
16) Ron Stockton
Brian Dozier
2B, MIN
17) Mike Pichan
Aroldis Chapman
RP, CIN

Marc Taylor says I want Yu for the Taylor Titans.  Kevin Justmann one ups Yu with Yoenis.  Eric Stashin says give me infield or give me a dearth of success.  Kyle Seager gets his dream of being on Scott Gilroy’s team fulfilled.  Steve Slukich continues to build his young hitters machine.  Beware Mr. Slukich BTW.  He is quiet and deadly.  He has never been convicted and the salary bump for the judge is long forgotten.

I feel like I’m in Bizzarro Jerry world.  Bob Sikon takes his second pitcher in four choices.  Don’t worry all.  Inside it’s eating him up.  Rob Evans takes more power.  He is also suffering inside as he chose another non-White Sox player.  The Big O says the negativity on Dee Gordon is greatly exaggerated and Ivar goes Panda shopping.  Ivar, make sure to have plenty of junk food around the house for him.  Mr. Souza likes players who misspell their first name and Ron Stockton bullDoziers his way through the draft.

Michael Huston takes his 2nd starting pitcher just so he can keep up with Mr. Sikon.  Chris Fisher takes yet another non-Rockies player.  The pain, the pain.  Joel Henard says he’ll take Robert Jay the Bruce.  Mr. Michael Pichan takes the first closer off the board.  Let’s see if we have a run on them in the 5th round.  And, finally, kudos to Johnny Peppers for reverting to form.  No conventionalism for him.  Good round, gentlemen.

Round 5
  1) Mike Pichan
Mark Trumbo
1B, OF
  2) Ron Stockton
Charlie Blackmon
OF, COL
  3) Lloyd Souza
Chris Carter
1B, HOU
  4) Olin Forman
Jordan  Zimmermann
SP, WAS
  5) Michael Huston
Ben Zobrist
2B/SS/OF, OAK
  6) Ivar Anderson
Jeff Samardzija
SP, CWS
  7) Chris Fisher
Dustin Pedroia
2B, BOS
  8) Marc Taylor
Carlos Santana
C/1B/3B, CLE
  9) Kevin Justmann
Julio Teheran
SP, ATL
10) Joel Henard
Joey Votto
1B, CIN
11) Rob Evans
David Ortiz
UT, BOS
12) Bob Sikon
Craig Kimbrel
RP, ATL
13) Scott Gilroy
Alex Wood
SP, ATL
14) Johnny Peppers
Jonathan Lucroy
C, MIL
15) Rich Justmann
Greg Holland
RP, KC
16) Eric Stashin
Chris Davis
1B/3B, BAL
17) Steve Slukich
Alex Cobb
SP, TB
  
Interesting round.  Two closers taken but no closer run after the Chapman pick in round 5.  Two solid catchers.  Three “give me power at all costs” picks with Carter, Davis, and Trumbo.  I like Jordan Zimmermann a lot.  Solid value.  If Pedroia is healthy, he should outplay his selection.  And David Ortiz…..  Rob says he has another year in the tank.  Probably right.

Round 6
  1) Steve Slukich
Kolten Wong
2B, STL
  2) Eric Stashin
Matt Holliday
OF, STL
  3) Rich Justmann
Christian Yelich
OF, MIA
  4) Johnny Peppers
Marcell Ozuna
OF, MIA
  5) Scott Gilroy
Evan Gattis
C/OF, HOU
  6) Bob Sikon
Starlin Castro
SS, CHC
  7) Rob Evans
David Robertson
RP, CHW
  8) Joel Henard
Devin Mesoraco
C, CIN
  9) Kevin Justmann
Xander Bogaerts
3B/SS, BOS
10) Marc Taylor
Kenley Jansen
RP, LAD
11) Chris Fisher
David Wright
3B, NYM
12) Ivar Anderson
Mark Melancon
RP, PIT
13) Michael Huston
Jason Heyward
OF, STL
14) Olin Forman
Jorge Soler
OF, CHC
15) Lloyd Souza
Neil Walker
2B, PIT
16) Ron Stockton
Alexei Ramirez
SS, CHW
17) Mike Pichan
Gerrit Cole
SP, PIT

We’re starting to get a little divergence in the picks as one would expect at this point.  Bob, Michael & Chris looking for bounce back players.  Kevin, Joel, Mike, Olin & Steve looking for upside guys.  The remainder focusing on solid guys who should perform well.  The ratings are dropping in importance as players go with their guys.

Will be interesting to see which Jason Heyward shows us this year.  David Wright is not quite the CarGo level tease but he’s close.  I like Mesoraco a lot.  Matt Holliday has another year in his tank.  Neil & Alexei say their break outs last year were real and we should expect the same.  And Jorge Soler….  Boom or bust IMO.  Olin will either really like him or send him personalized nasty grams.

Round 7
  1) Mike Pichan
Matt Adams
1B, STL
  2) Ron Stockton
Trevor Rosenthal
RP, STL
  3) Lloyd Souza
Sonny Gray
SP, OAK
  4) Olin Forman
Huston Street
RP, LAA
  5) Michael Huston
Howie Kendrick
2B, LAD
  6) Ivar Anderson
J.D. Martinez
OF, DET
  7) Chris Fisher
Hyun-Jin Ryu
SP, LAD
  8) Marc Taylor
Josh Harrison
2B/3B/OF, PIT
  9) Kevin Justmann
Alex Gordon
OF, KC
10) Joel Henard
James Shields
SP, FA
11) Rob Evans
Yan Gomes
C, CLE
12) Bob Sikon
Gio Gonzalez
SP, WAS
13) Scott Gilroy
Hisashi Iwakuma
SP, SEA
14) Johnny Peppers
Brandon Moss
1B/OF, CLE
15) Rich Justmann
Matt Harvey
SP, NYM
16) Eric Stashin
Mookie Betts
2B/OF, BOS
17) Steve Slukich
Yasmany Tomas
OF, ARZ

Is it true?  Yes, it is, Virginia.  Both rounds 6 & 7 started with 2 STL players.  Cosmic colorized coincidence or coordinated comedic conspiracy?  Lloyd says ‘it’s always Sonny in Oakland’ and Olin says “now wait a minute pardner, I’m the real Oakland fan but I’ll take Street level pitching”.  Ron has a need for a closer and Mike wishes there were more phat players.  Where are all the steroids when you need them?

Michael is committed – that is, to infielders.  Ivar likes the homeboy (and so do I but Ivar very rudely selected him first).  Chris says Ryu on you and Mr. Taylor is just Joshing.  Kevin is too young to have heard of Peter & Gordon.  Joel Jimmies a Shield and Rob selects a player whose name I can’t work with.  OK, I can do the Yan but what does one do with Gomes?  Not to stay on Rob, but Rob:  You know Gomes is not on the White Sox, right?  What’s that about?

He of the Sikons says Gio, I’ll take Gonzalez.  Scott takes errr… a starting pitcher from Seattle and Johnny says no Moss grows HR’s like Brandon.  The Rich likes players with two first names and Eric Betts on Mookie.  Steve caps the round with Yas too Many.  If one were to guess, one would have to surmise this is my worst recap in recorded history.

Round 8
  1) Steve Slukich
Eric Hosmer
1B, KC
  2) Eric Stashin
Jacob deGrom
SP, NYM
  3) Rich Justmann
Manny Machado
3B, BAL
  4) Johnny Peppers
Jake Peavy
SP, SF
  5) Scott Gilroy
Leonys Martin
OF, TEX
  6) Bob Sikon
Matt Carpenter
3B, STL
  7) Rob Evans
Kris Bryant
3B, CHC
  8) Joel Henard
Tyson Ross
SP, SD
  9) Kevin Justmann
Mat Latos
SP, MIA
10) Marc Taylor
Gregory Polanco
OF, PIT
11) Chris Fisher
Elvis Andrus
SS, TEX
12) Ivar Anderson
Jake Arrieta
SP, CHC
13) Michael Huston
Lance Lynn
SP, STL
14) Olin Forman
Jean Segura
SS, MIL
15) Lloyd Souza
Tori Hunter
OF, MIN
16) Ron Stockton
Lucas Duda
1B, NYM
17) Mike Pichan
Doug Fister
SP, WAS

This 8th round of our outstanding draft is clearly the most insightful, well-researched set of selections in the history of mankind.

Round 9
  1) Mike Pichan
Yadier Molina
C, STL
  2) Ron Stockton
Rusney Castillo
OF, BOS
  3) Lloyd Souza
Dellin Betances
RP, NYY
  4) Olin Forman
Jose Quintana
SP, CHW
  5) Michael Huston
Masahiro Tanaka
SP, NYY
  6) Ivar Anderson
Daniel Murphy
2B/3B, NYM
  7) Chris Fisher
Brian McCann
C/1B, NYY
  8) Marc Taylor
Cliff Lee
SP, PHI
  9) Kevin Justmann
Javier Baez
2B/SS, CHC
10) Joel Henard
Ryan Zimmerman
3B/OF, WAS
11) Rob Evans
Anibel Sanchez
SP, DET
12) Bob Sikon
Shin-Soo Choo
OF, TEX
13) Scott Gilroy
Melky Cabrera
OF, CHW
14) Johnny Peppers
Matt Shoemaker
SP, LAA
15) Rich Justmann
Alex Rios
OF, KC
16) Eric Stashin
Carlos Carrasco
SP, CLE
17) Steve Slukich
Wil Myers
OF, SD
  
Round 10
  1) Steve Slukich
Zack Wheeler
SP, NYM
  2) Eric Stashin
Brett Gardner
OF, NYY
  3) Rich Justmann
Sean Doolittle
RP, OAK
  4) Johnny Peppers
Michael Wacha
SP, STL
  5) Scott Gilroy
Steve Cishek
RP, MIA
  6) Bob Sikon
Cody Allen
RP, CLE
  7) Rob Evans
Alcides Escobar
SS, KC
  8) Joel Henard
Justin Morneau
1B, COL
  9) Kevin Justmann
Jimmy Rollins
SS, OAK
10) Marc Taylor
Ben Revere
OF, PHI
11) Chris Fisher
Koji Uehara
RP, BOS
12) Ivar Anderson
Homer Bailey
SP, CIN
13) Michael Huston
Zach Britton
RP, BAL
14) Olin Forman
Neftali Feliz
RP, TEX
15) Lloyd Souza
Erick Aybar
SS, LAA
16) Ron Stockton
Garrett Richards
SP, LAA
17) Mike Pichan
Chase Headley
3B, NYY

Round 11
  1) Mike Pichan
Chase Utley
2B, PHI
  2) Ron Stockton
Jonathan Papelbon
RP, PHI
  3) Lloyd Souza
Fernando Rodney
RP, SEA
  4) Olin Forman
Adam LaRoche
1B, WAS
  5) Michael Huston
Mike Napoli
1B, BOS
  6) Ivar Anderson
Arismendy Alcantara
2B/OF, CHC
  7) Chris Fisher
Jayson Werth
OF, WAS
  8) Marc Taylor
Drew Storen
RP, WAS
  9) Kevin Justmann
Chris Archer
SP, TB
10) Joel Henard
Jake McGee
RP, TB
11) Rob Evans
Jered Weaver
SP, LAA
12) Bob Sikon
Salvador Perez
C, KC
13) Scott Gilroy
Marcus Stroman
SP, TOR
14) Johnny Peppers
Hector Rondon
RP, CHC
15) Rich Justmann
Glen Perkins
RP, MIN
16) Eric Stashin
Joaquin Benoit
RP, SD
17) Steve Slukich
Michael Pineda
SP, NYY

Round 12
  1) Steve Slukich
Addison Reed
RP, ARZ
  2) Eric Stashin
Khris Davis
OF, MIL
  3) Rich Justmann
Martin Prado
2B/3B/OF, MIA
  4) Johnny Peppers
Santiago Casilla
RP, SF
  5) Scott Gilroy
Rougned Odor
2B, TEX
  6) Bob Sikon
Lorenzo Cain
OF, KC
  7) Rob Evans
Justin Verlander
SP, DET
  8) Joel Henard
Adam Eaton
OF, CWS
  9) Kevin Justmann
Jenrry Mejia
RP, NYM
10) Marc Taylor
Jhonny Peralta
SS, STL
11) Chris Fisher
Ian Kennedy
SP, SD
12) Ivar Anderson
Andrew Cashner
SP, SD
13) Michael Huston
Matt Wieters
C, BAL
14) Olin Forman
Josh Hamilton
OF, LAA
15) Lloyd Souza
Francisco Liriano
SP, PIT
16) Ron Stockton
Aramis Ramirez
3B, MIL
17) Mike Pichan
Yordano Ventura
SP, KC

Round 13
  1) Mike Pichan
A.J. Pollock
OF, ARZ
  2) Ron Stockton
Jung Ho Kang
SS, PIT
  3) Lloyd Souza
Michael Cuddyer
1B/OF, NYM
  4) Olin Forman
Jake Odorizzi
SP, TB
  5) Michael Huston
Shelby Miller
SP, STL
  6) Ivar Anderson
Wilin Rosario
C, COL
  7) Chris Fisher
Brandon Belt
1B, SF
  8) Marc Taylor
Drew Smyly
SP, TB
  9) Kevin Justmann
Mike Minor
SP, ATL
10) Joel Henard
Luke Gregerson
RP, HOU
11) Rob Evans
Joe Nathan
RP, DET
12) Bob Sikon
Matt Cain
SP, SF
13) Scott Gilroy
Danny Salazar
SP, CLE
14) Johnny Peppers
Dallas Keuchel
SP, WAS
15) Rich Justmann
Denard Span
OF, WAS
16) Eric Stashin
Drew Hutchison
SP, TOR
17) Steve Slukich
Avisail Garcia
OF, CWS

Round 14
  1) Steve Slukich
Mike Fiers
SP, MIL
  2) Eric Stashin
J.J. Hardy
SS, BAL
  3) Rich Justmann
Oswaldo Arcia
OF, MIN
  4) Johnny Peppers
Jed Lowrie
SS, HOU
  5) Scott Gilroy
Pedro Alvarez
3B, PIT
  6) Bob Sikon
Jedd Gyorko
2B, SD
  7) Rob Evans
Carl Crawford
OF, LAD
  8) Joel Henard
Austin Jackson
OF, SEA
  9) Kevin Justmann
Carlos Beltran
OF, NYY
10) Marc Taylor
Jose Fernandez
SP, MIA
11) Chris Fisher
Ken Giles
RP, PHI
12) Ivar Anderson
Phil Hughes
SP, MIN
13) Michael Huston
Nick Markakis
OF, ATL
14) Olin Forman
Collin McHugh
SP, HOU
15) Lloyd Souza
Steven Souza
OF, TB
16) Ron Stockton
Steve Pearce
1B/OF, BAL
17) Mike Pichan